Bexley Mayor John Brennan announced Tuesday, Feb. 22, that he will be fighting two battles this year -- and intends to win them both.

Bexley Mayor John Brennan announced Tuesday, Feb. 22, that he will be fighting two battles this year -- and intends to win them both.

Brennan told Bexley City Council that he has been diagnosed with cancer and that he will seek a second term in office in November.

"Last week I had gallbladder surgery and during the surgery, they found some cancer in my body," Brennan said. "I'll be starting treatment next week. I had a scan today. I'll get the results tomorrow. I'm going to The James (Cancer Center) on Monday to consult with a doctor there and probably within a week or so, I'll be starting my first treatments."

Brennan said the diagnosis led him to move up the announcement that he will seek re-election in November.

"I was going to announce at the State of the City on March 15 that I am seeking a second term as mayor, but instead of waiting that long, I'd like to announce that tonight," he said. "I'm going to fight this. I'm going to get through this.

"I appreciate everybody's prayers and support," Brennan said. "This has been an eye-opening experience. There are so many good people here in this community. It's just amazing."

Brennan said he has been doing some work from home and has been putting in a couple of hours a day this week at City Hall.

Council President Jeff McClelland said the community is behind Brennan in his battle against cancer.

"I know that I, as well as all the council members, have been bombarded with questions about how the mayor is doing and it's because people care so much," McClelland said. "You know that you have our full and complete support, collectively and individually.

"This is great news to hear you announce your candidacy for a second term," McClelland added. "You're going to fight this thing. We will support you in your fight and we're going to beat this thing."